First responders are on scene at Chipley High School following a bomb threat being called into the school. [THE NEWS AND ADVERTISER]


A bomb threat was called in to Chipley High School leading to immediate evacuation of CHS, Roulhac Middle School and WAVE School students and faculty as a safety precaution April 12.

According to the Washington County School District, evacuation and reunification protocols were activated, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation.

First responders were on scene immediately at Chipley High School following a hoax bomb threat made by a robocall April 12. [BLAKELY HITZELBERGER | THE NEWS AND ADVERTISER]
In the meantime, students were evacuated to Kate M. Smith Elementary School for transportation home. 

“We would like to extend a special thank you to the parents and guardians of all students at CHS, RMS, KMS and WAVE,†the district said in a social media post. “Also, thank you to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for the coordination of all safety personnel and agencies throughout the district that responded.â€

WCSO is working with federal partners on the investigation and states the robocall appears to have come from overseas. Fourteen threats have been called in to government agencies since April 7 with 95 calls being phoned in to similar organizations over the past several weeks throughout the nation and Canada.

“We will continue our investigation to include working with several other law enforcement agencies,†Sheriff Kevin Crews said. “I would like to commend the staff at CHS and the parents for their patience in dealing with this incident.â€